The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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Being one of the most popular books that dive right into the heart of the hippie culture, this book by Tom Wolfe is a non-fiction that chronicles the story of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. Kesey led a group of cohorts who practiced psychedelic drugs like LSD and travelled on a painted minibus

What makes this book stand out?

Wolfe describes the environment that sparked the hippie philosophy in a distinct way.

Read it for

A deep dive into the history of hippies, how it all began, how the movement spread in the 1960s, and what prompted the hallucinogenic indulgence in the culture is all recounted in this book.

Don't read it for

Contains detailed descriptions of recreational drug use. Readers with reservations about drug use in books may not like it.

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